While reading this post I suggest you consider each idea presented on its own, and also consider how these ideas could be melded or blended together to form a slightly different model of reality. I will first briefly explain ‘the multiverse’ or ‘parallel universe’ theory and move on to explain what a ‘reality tunnel’ is. In the last portion of this article I will attempt to explain what ‘subjective reality’ is.
The multiverse theory says that there are up to an infinite number of universes or alternate dimensions that exist and run parallel to our own. Think of every possibility having a universe of its own. In ‘the multiverse’ there may be a separate universe for every single possible choice. In a typical day there could be an incredible number of parallel universes, (approaching infinity?) Imagine that on Monday you took 5 minutes to brush your teeth before leaving for work and you arrived to work right on time, but there is a parallel universe where you decided not to brush your teeth and left 5 minutes earlier to get to work. On the way to work in that ‘timeline’ or ‘reality’ you were involved in a traffic accident. The 5 minute head start put you in front of a driver who wasn’t paying attention and rear-ended you. In the other reality you may have been behind this driver, and in another reality that driver wasn’t even there at all! Every single possibility could potentially have its own reality or universe in this ‘the multiverse’. Some people may think of the ‘butterfly effect’ while considering this idea.
The video below is called “Imagining the Tenth Dimension”. This is a great place to start if you want to grasp the idea of the multiverse. Please take 11 minutes to watch it:
Now, if your mind hasn’t been blown enough, continue to read these thoughts on “reality tunnels”.
A reality tunnel is an individuals frame of reference, or their own personal reality that they are consciously experiencing. Each human being has a slightly different reality tunnel although some tunnels may contain similar elements. A basic example of this is if two people are standing in the same room together looking at a painting on the wall. Although their separate reality tunnels would share some commonalities, they would still be two very different reality tunnels. For starters, person A is standing two feet to the left of person B, so they are observing the same painting from a different angle because of the 2 foot distance between them. This is only one slight difference in the two reality tunnels. Each of these people would have completely different emotional reactions or thoughts at the same time, making their reality tunnels quite different in another aspect.
The term “reality tunnel” was coined by Timothy Leary and popularized by Robert Anton Wilson. Below is a video of Robert Anton Wilson explaining “reality tunnels”. It is 6 minutes long:
Personally I find the idea of Subjective Reality (SR) to be most suiting, and I like it as a model of reality. It truly explains what is meant when people say “we are all one” or “oneness”, because in the subjective model of reality there is only one consciousness. One reality tunnel, and it’s yours. In a subjective model of reality, everything is “contained” within consciousness, or awareness. There is nothing that exists outside of our awareness, and quantum physicists have found the idea somewhat scientifically provable. They have discovered that at the smallest levels of physical reality, what seems solid is really not solid at all. It only appears to be solid when it is observed. To explain this in further detail could take a whole seperate article or set of articles, so I might go deeper into the quantum physics discoveries in a future article. For a quicker explanation of this, watch the video below, Quantum Knowledge, 10 minutes:
A good way to begin to understand Subjective Reality is to think about what it’s like to be dreaming and compare it with what it’s like being awake. You’ve probably had dreams that you were truly convinced were ‘real’ until you ‘woke up’. When you woke up you realized that you had been dreaming, but until then you were completely convinced that what you were experiencing was ‘real’. Other times you will be dreaming and you will become aware that you are dreaming without a waking up. This is usually called becoming ‘lucid’, or ‘lucid dreaming’. In either type of dream, the entire reality is contained inside of you, all of the characters, events, and places, including any representations of yourself in the dream were all thought up and contained in your mind. Even if you are a person who prefers an objective map of reality, these dreams are a taste of subjective reality within your objective reality.
In subjective reality everything moves around inside of you, your awareness, your consciousness, while in objective reality you move around inside of the universe. In objective reality all things are external and separate from you. Most people who have an objective worldview will probably consider this article nonsense because this information doesn’t fit very well into their reality tunnel. People with a subjective model of reality usually see objective reality sort of like a different or lower level of reality that exists within the subjective whole that is you. A good way to think about this is to remember The Matrix movie and imagine when Neo is inside ‘the matrix’ as objective reality. When he is plugged into the matrix the laws of the matrix apply to him. Things like gravity, etc. In the movie, Neo ‘wakes up’ to how reality is actually nothing like he thought, and he is eventually ‘unplugged’ from the matrix. This could be similar to waking up to subjective reality and realizing that your waking life is just another ‘denser’ type of dream.
If there is only one consciousness and it is yours, then that means there is only one source of intention and one source of thought in the universe and that source is you. This is a heavy idea to most people because it means that you alone are responsible for, well, absolutely everything. These things include the good and the bad, all wars and the poverty of the world rest on your shoulders, but so does all of the good things and the entire contents of all awareness are created by your own consciousness in a subjective reality. With subjective reality, one has to accept that all experiences are manifestations of their own thoughts and intentions, and must assume responsibility for the experience. The subjective reality model can explain all sorts of things, including the law of attraction, or intention manifestation.
A great source for more information on subjective reality is Steve Pavlina’s Subjective Reality Q&A.